For the Business of Football - Inside World Football Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:57:19 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb They're off ... Blatter submits his candidacy in race for May election Sepp Blatter6By Andrew Warshaw
January 29 - FIFA President Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he has submitted his bid to run for re-election a few hours before the deadline for nominations - but has not named the federations backing him.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:48:17 +0000
More financial pain for RFU as travel partner sues Nikolai Tolstykh2January 29 – The Russian Football Union's (RFU) cash crisis continues with news that Moscow travel agency Akademservice has filed a lawsuit demanding compensation of 23 million rubles ($339,000). The RFU is already struggling to cope with the wage bill of its national team coach Fabio Capello and general manager Oreste Cinquini, who have been unpaid for more than 7 months, and are owed $9.2 million.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:11:36 +0000 Van Praag says he wants just one term as FIFA's chief Michael van PraagBy Andrew Warshaw
January 29 - FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag has spelled out precisely why he is challenging Sepp Blatter and has named the federations who are backing his nomination.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:26:49 +0000
Abu Dhabi poised to get its name on Real Madrid's Bernabéu stadium Bernabeu StadiumBy Mark Baber
January 29 - The sponsorship by in Real Madrid by Abu Dhabi through the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) will result in the stadium including the words "Abu Dhabi" in its name, according to comments made to the media by IPIC officials in Madrid. The stadium will be named the Abu Dhabi Bernabéu.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Sponsorship Football Marketing News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:06:13 +0000
Sierra Leone government backs Johansen against rebel takeover Isha Johansson1January 29 - The Sierra Leone government is backing the country's present football regime against the threat of a takeover by a rebel group pushing for change.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:40:06 +0000 Mali and Guinea live in hope but bemoan luck of the draw AFCON trophyJanuary 29 - The respective coaches of Mali and Guinea have criticised the drawing of lots to decide which of them progresses in the Africa Cup of Nations.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:54:42 +0000 John Yan: Chinese money's global football reach 足球资本,逐利而行 In the same week Team China played against Australia in the quarter-final of the Asian Cup, more financial news related to Chinese international investments in football came out: three European acquisitions, as well as Guangzhou Evergrande FC's purchase of Brazilian international players.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured John Yan Columnists Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:04:37 +0000 Bookie makes Blatter a hotter favourite than Arkle Sepp Blatter7By David Owen
January 29 – It has blossomed into the most densely-populated FIFA Presidential election for at least four decades. Yet for all the big names and razzmatazz it remains, to all intents and purposes, a one-horse race.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:26:39 +0000
Mayne-Nicholls passes his manifesto on to Prince Ali and Van Praag fifaJanuary 29 - Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who has announced his decision to pull out of the race to stand for FIFA president against Sepp Blatter, has presented a full explanation of his reasoning.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:31:06 +0000 Mayne-Nicholls pulls out of challenge for FIFA presidency Harald Mayne-NichollsBy Andrew Warshaw
January 28 - Harold Mayne-Nicholls became the first prospective FIFA presidential candidate to pull of the race to take on Sepp Blatter today - 24 before the deadline for nominations. On the same day Portuguese icon Luis Figo announced his was standing, Mayne-Nicholls told a televised news conference that he had decided against doing the same because he simply didn't have the necessary credentials.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:40:20 +0000
Figo latest to bid for FIFA presidency as deadline approaches Luis-FigoBy Andrew Warshaw
January 28 - Portuguese icon Luis Figo today become the latest surprise candidate – and the second ex- international player – to throw his hat into the ring to become FIFA president. The former Sporting, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan forward joins ex-French international David Ginola, very much a token contender, in a bid to replace Sepp Blatter at the end of May.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured FIFA News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:35:34 +0000
Prince Ali gently breaks silence and welcomes van Praag to the race Prince Ali 3By Andrew Warshaw
January 28 - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein has reacted with deliberate diplomacy to this week's announcement by Dutch football chief Michael van Praag that he, too, is vying to take over from Sepp Blatter in May.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:46:53 +0000
Lee Wellings: Too black to coach? How many of the coaches at the Africa Cup of Nations are black? Three. How many coaches in the world's most watched, celebrated, multicultural league, the Premier League, are black? That's right. None. Do these figures sounds acceptable to you?]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Lee Wellings Columnists Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:17:00 +0000 Matt Scott: Manchester United and their Messi set of accounts "Whether it's a [world] record or not doesn't really resonate with us. What resonates is an elite player that the manager wants who is going to be a star for Manchester United." Ed Woodward

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has been pretty forthright about Manchester United's transfer-market punch. His words have coincided with coquettish comments from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi about how uncertain are their futures at Real Madrid and Barcelona. It has all added up to speculation that they will one day become recruits to Louis van Gaal's red revolution at Old Trafford that has already seen Angel di María, Falcao, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Víctor Valdés join.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Matt Scott Columnists Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:32:54 +0000
Barca ponder future of Qatar Airways sponsorship deal Qatar AirwaysBy Mark Baber
January 28 - Barcelona president Jorep Maria Bartomeu has told Catalan media that the club is considering alternatives to their kit deal with the Qatar Foundation over the worsening "social and political situation" in the Gulf state.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:58:48 +0000
Player wage crisis: FIFPro holds urgent talks to secure better terms for players Theo van SeggelenBy Andrew Warshaw
January 28 - The international players' union FIFPro is holding a crisis session of its members in Greece today and tomorrow after negotiations to overhaul the transfer system broke down.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:37:33 +0000
Africans keep faith in Blatter for another term at the top CAF logoJanuary 28 - African countries, keen to maintain the level of developments funding they receive, will remain steadfastly behind Sepp Blatter in the forthcoming FIFA presidential election campaign.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:21:09 +0000 Neymar hopes to fire Brazil to first-ever Olympic football gold Rio 2016 logoBy David Owen
January 28 - Brazil's brightest current football star Neymar has said he hopes to help his country win its first men's Olympic football gold medal at South America's first Olympic Games next year in Rio de Janeiro.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Olympics World Tournaments News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:51:30 +0000
Qatar reiterates it can host summer or winter as it builds its sport credentials Qatar 2022 logoBy Samindra Kunti
January 28 - Nasser Al-Khater, the executive director of communications and marketing at the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee repeated his confidence that Qatar will host a good World Cup in 2022, whether it is in the winter or summer. He also rebuffed all criticism aimed at the Emirate, saying it is time to move on.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Qatar 2022 World Cup News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:58:53 +0000
Legia launches €2m investment fund to finance new transfers Dariusz MioduskiBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
January 28 – Legia Warsaw has collected €2 million from a group of investors with the aim of financing new transfers in the current window. The Polish club aims to repay its investors with the profits which are to be generated once the footballers are transferred to other clubs, according to Dariusz Mioduski (pictured), the majority shareholder of Legia Warsaw.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:11:21 +0000
Top Eleven adds Mourinho and revamps graphics for 2015 game launch Top ElevenJanuary 28 – Computer game maker Nordeus has released the 2015 version of its Top Eleven football management game for tablets, iOS and android platforms. The new version has a number of upgrades from 2014 and comes with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's marketing endorsement.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Partnerships Football Marketing News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:32 +0000